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16mm Film Cutting by John Burder

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Planning Picture Sequences

 

Films are made from sequences and sequences are made from shots. A sequence is rather like a paragraph in a book. It deals with a particular subject and is more or less complete in itself. A single shot is more like a single sentence. In a book, sentences are planned to go together in paragraphs. In a film shots must be planned in such a way that they can be assembled in sequences. Each shot must be planned so that it can be cut onto the shots which precede and follow it.

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Individual film shots are often referred to in the cutting rooms as scenes. This use of the word scene is really only correct in the case of a long take when the camera shoots an entire action sequence in one take. Strictly speaking, ...

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